The Discernment Center is a spirituality center, staffed by professionals who provide personalized, practical support for you on your spiritual journey. We offer you resources to nurture your spiritual well-being and growth, and find peace in your daily life. Whether individually or in small group settings, our goal is to help you to connect more deeply with your true self, one another, and the divine.

What is Spiritual Direction?

The Discernment Center is for people who:

  • Want to nurture their spiritual well-being and growth,
  • Are looking for more peace in their daily life,
  • Need to connect more deeply with their true self, one another and the divine.


Our Spiritual Directors


Paul Mallatt

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Areas of Interest: 
Survivors from Poor Theology
LGBTQIA+ Community
Spiritual But Not Religious
Individual and Group Spiritual Direction

I survived a fundamentalist upbringing and ultimate rejection in the Church of Christ, then walked away from organized religion for a decade; I am now a gay Christian absolutely at peace with who I am and how God created me.

My approach to spiritual direction involves deep listening and reflection and draws upon many Christian spiritual traditions, including Contemplative and Ignation. These spiritual skills are essential to navigating life.

I trained in the art of spiritual direction at the San Francisco Theological Seminary, now part of the University of Redlands, and I’m in the process of earning a certificate in Spiritual Direction. I am a postulant for the diaconate in the Episcopal Church and the founder of the Discernment Center.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Areas of Interest: 

Faith journeys
Enneagram for personal use
Grief, loss, and moving forward
LGBTQIA+ affirming
Licensed Marriage and family Therapist in California.

I’m Gail, I was raised in the LDS church and left Mormonism for a new faith home that reflects my personal values and beliefs. I understand the complexities of doing your own faith exploration, honoring our journey forward, and reclaiming our reconstructed relationship with God in whatever way we now understand God or being spiritual. Developing a deeper understanding of our own spirituality is deep and slow work. Spiritual direction is about being listened to and discovering where spirituality and God might be working in your life at this point in time.

I’m in the process of completing the final year of study and practicum in the spiritual direction program at San Francisco Theological Seminary which recently merged with Redlands University. For me spiritual direction is about the relationships we create together and seeing where we’re led. I look forward to meeting you.

Gail Shurtleff Head Shot

Gail Shurtleff